MS Board of Education Wants Control Of Achievement District

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 23rd, 2017 at 1:01 pm

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Filed Under: Carey Wright, MDE, Mississippi, News, Politics, Superintendents, Teachers

Some members of Mississippi’s state Board of Education want direct control over a statewide school district that will take charge of faltering local schools and districts. The board members Thursday said they felt state Superintendent Carey Wright was cutting them out of the process to choose a superintendent for Mississippi’s achievement school district, which was […]

Government Contract Reforms That Should Be Big News Get Little Attention

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 22nd, 2017 at 6:10 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Opinion, Spending

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime champion of contract reform Representative Jerry Turner passed legislation that completely revamps the public contract […]

Governor Signs ABLE Act Allowing Tax-Free Savings To Assist Special Needs

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 9:46 pm

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Filed Under: Desoto County, Governor, Inspirational, Kevin Blackwell, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Republican, Taxes

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, called the legislation significant for the lives of those affected by disabilities and special needs.

“It’s something that will help folks not only now but provide down the line for families who have children with special needs,” Blackwell said. “At the time of the demise of their parents, these children will have the resources to be cared for and live as full and productive lives as possible.”

Former Biloxi Mayor, State Legislator And Judge Danny Guice Dead At 92

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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Filed Under: Biloxi, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News

Former Biloxi Mayor Daniel “Danny” Guice, who lived in the city all his life, died Thursday at age 92. Guice had been a state legislator, three-term mayor of Biloxi from 1961 to 1973 and a county court judge. “Danny Guice was a beloved individual,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “He was a benevolent leader […]

Mississippi Has Largest Percentage Of Drivers Using Cellphones While Behind The Wheel

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 6:12 am

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Filed Under: Mississippi, National, News, Public Safety, Transportation

New results from data shows that Mississippi drivers use their phones, either for talking or texting, on almost half their trips, more than any other state in the nation.

Seven Itawamba County Officials Switch To GOP

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 13th, 2017 at 10:58 pm

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Filed Under: Democrats, News, Politics, Republican

They’re officially done with the Democratic Party. Seven Itawamba County officials formally switched their affiliation to the Republican Party on Thursday. The newest additions to the party include: Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson, Itawamba County Coroner Shelia Summerford, Itawamba County Supervisors Charles Horn, Steve Moore, Steve Johnson, and Constables Doug Lesley, and Terry Johnson. READ […]

80 Private Schools Participating In Special Needs ESA

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 13th, 2017 at 11:25 am

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Filed Under: Education, Empower Mississippi, MDE, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, School Choice

The number of schools participating in the Special Needs ESA program grew by more than 70 percent over the past year. According to data from the Mississippi Department of Education, reimbursements have been filed for 80 different private schools during the 2016-2017 school year, including five schools in Shelby County, Tennessee. Last year, in the first year of the program, students attended 46 different private schools.

Governor Signs Campaign Finance Legislation Into Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 7:11 pm

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Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Elections, Ethics, Governor, Legislature, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, prohibits personal use of campaign money, and defines personal use as any “other than expenditures relating to gaining, holding or performing functions of public office.” It specifically prohibits personal spending of campaign money including: mortgage, rent or utility payments for any residential property of a candidate or family member, clothing, automobiles, travel expenses not related to a campaign or holding office, admission to entertainment events and non-documented loans.

Gov. Bryant Signs Bill Funding Trooper School

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Public Safety, Spending

MHP is currently allowed to have about 650 troopers on the roadway, but they only about 475. There are also about 150 troopers due for retirement.

North Mississippi Lawmakers Republican Parks And Democrat Bain Both Reject Talk Of State Lottery

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Culture, Democrats, Gambling, Legislature, MDOT, MS State Government, News, Nick Bain, North Mississippi, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Rita Parks, Spending, State Lottery, Transportation

Parks said although she’s open to creating new ways to generate income in the state, the Kossuth native is against a state lottery. Rep. Nick Bain (D-Corinth) said he will also vote no on any lottery legislation.